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Education must guide Jamaica's progress - Thwaites

Published:Wednesday | October 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Minister of Education, Ronald Thwaites. File

KINGSTON (JIS): Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites says the extent to which Jamaica progresses must be guided in part by significant advances in academic and vocational training and development, and appropriate attitudes to work.

"It is going to be by the achievements of competencies in academic subjects, in technical and vocational subjects, by having the right social attitudes, (and) by having the right spiritual awareness (that will) make the Jamaican nation prosper," he said, while speaking at a World Teachers' Day Forum For Innovation in Teaching (FIT) at the National Arena on October 10.

Thwaites hailed the teachers whom he said have made significant progress in the teaching of subjects such as mathematics and science, noting that, over the past 10 years, Jamaica has embarked on an educational transformation programme to achieve higher outcomes in learning, while citing the need for significant attitudinal changes by some sector stakeholders.

"Where teachers have bought into the process, we have seen significant improvements in student achievement," he said, noting that the challenge for teachers is to "spread the innovation spirit widely across the educational system, rather than just to celebrate pockets of excellence".

"The home and the school need to work more closely if the aspiration and spirit of good teachers is to be achieved," the minister said.

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, in underscoring the important role of teachers in advancing education, pledged his continued support to assist them in whatever way possible to carry out their mandates. Holness is a former minister of education.

The forum, which was held under the theme 'Invest in the Future, Invest in Teachers', featured displays of fine arts, science, and agriculture, which were done by participating schools.

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Framework Consulting-NewHabits Foundations productivity and time management workshop, at Hope United Conference Room, Liguanea, Kingston, 8 a.m.

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OCTOBER 9

JAMPRO workshop 'Step by Step Guide to Exporting', at the Pelican Grill, Gloucester Avenue, Montego Bay, 8:30 a.m.

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OCTOBER 9

Human Resource Man-agement Association of Jamaica public lecture.

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OCTOBER 15

The Jamaica Micro Financing Association hosts round-table forum on the proposed Micro Credit Act, at Hotel Four Seasons, 18 Ruthven Road, Kingston, 9:30 a.m.

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OCTOBER 21

Human Resource Man-agement Association of Jamaica workshop 'Budgeting for HR Managers'.

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OCTOBER 24

Jamaica Link Ministries/Love 101 FM hosts videocast of the 2nd annual Global Leadership Summit, October 24-25, at Montego Bay Convention Centre, Rose Hall.

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GovStrat Limited workshop 'Taking and Writing Effective Minutes', at Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 81 Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston.

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Leaders-to-Leaders Jamaica speaker series 'Risk Computing and IT Security: Risk and Privacy Challenges', at Jamaica Pegasus hotel, 81 Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston, 12 p.m.

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ICAJ/Association of Chartered Certified Accountants seminar 'Accounting Trends in a Borderless World', at The Knutsford Court Hotel, 11 Ruthven Road, Kingston, 9 a.m.

OCTOBER 21

Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica workshop 'Budgeting for HR Managers'.

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OCTOBER 24

Jamaica Link Ministries/Love 101 FM hosts videocast of the 2nd annual Global Leadership Summit, October 24-25, at Montego Bay Convention Centre, Rose Hall.

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OCTOBER 25

Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship/Scotiabank Jamaica workshop 'Build a World-Class Brand', at the Scotia Training Centre, 4 Arcadia Boulevard, Kingston, 4 p.m.

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JBDC mobile business clinic initiative, October 30-November 1, at the Montego Bay Civic & Cultural Centre, Montego Bay, 10 a.m.

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Jamaica Statistical Society two-day Microsoft Excel workshop, November 3 and 5, at the HD Hopwood Education Centre, third floor, Medical Library, University Hospital of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston, 8:30 a.m.

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GovStrat Limited workshop 'Taking and Writing Effective Minutes', at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, 81 Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston.

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GovStrat Limited professionally accredited corporate secretary workshop, November 5-7, 2014, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, 81 Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston.

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GovStrat Limited professionally accredited director summit and workshop, November 6-7, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, 81 Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston.

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GovStrat Limited workshop 'High Impact Master Class in Corporate Governance Excellence', at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, 81 Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston.

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Leaders-to-Leaders Jamaica speaker series 'Risk Computing and IT Security: Risk and Privacy Challenges', at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, 81 Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston, 12 pm. leaderstoleadersja@gmail.com

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